Average Bench: 98.8% (39th of 1363)

Based on 31,374 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0671 Model: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600K @ 3.90GHz

The i5-11600K is the best value "top tier" CPU in Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. With a simple overclock it offers almost the same levels of performance as the 11900K. Rocket Lake brings higher IPC (early samples indicate +19%) which translates to around a 10% faster Effective Speed than both Intel's 10th Gen and AMD’s 5000 series. Despite Intel’s performance lead, AMD continues to outsell Intel. Given the scale of Intel's operation, it’s inexplicable that their marketing remains so neglected. Little effort is made to counter widespread disinformation such as: “it uses too much electricity” or the classic: “it needs more cores”. Intel’s marketing samples are routinely distributed to reviewers that appear better incentivized to bury Intel's products rather than review them. Not enabling XMP or only testing with BIOS power limits enabled is akin to leaving the handbrake on during a race. Mind-numbing “scientific” and rendering benchmarks are presented as gospel. Different games, mostly unplayed by real users, are cherry picked for each “review”. When it's convenient, canned game benchmarks are chosen such as Ulletical’s CSGO which runs at nearly double the in-game fps. Credible benchmark data, which necessarily includes replicable video footage from popular games, is the exception rather than the rule. At every release, AMD’s marketers coordinate narratives to ensure another feast of blue blubber. Nonetheless, towards the end of 2021, Intel’s Golden Cove is due to offer an additional 20-30% performance increase. At that time, with a net 30-40% performance lead, Intel will probably regain significant market share despite AMD's class-leading marketing. In the meantime, most PC gamers need look no further than the 11400F. [Mar '21 CPUPro]

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i5-11600K averaged just 1.2% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-11600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Speed 164Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed 314Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-11600K is 22.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-11600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 1,191Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 955Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 31,374 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.5 Memory 88.1 95.7
137 1-Core 164 174
262 2-Core 314 344
102% 189 Pts
Min Avg Max
492 4-Core 588 654
800 8-Core 955 1,046
94.4% 771 Pts
Min Avg Max
980 64-Core 1,191 1,298
73.7% 1,191 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.1
1-Core 173
2-Core 346
110% 204 Pts
4-Core 696
8-Core 1107
111% 901 Pts
64-Core 1,314
81% 1,314 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.1
1-Core 172
2-Core 340
110% 203 Pts
4-Core 656
8-Core 1,062
105% 859 Pts
64-Core 1,224
76% 1,224 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.25 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.6
1-Core 172
2-Core 325
104% 194 Pts
4-Core 614
8-Core 877
93% 745 Pts
64-Core 998
62% 998 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.6
1-Core 169
2-Core 298
101% 185 Pts
4-Core 551
8-Core 982
92% 766 Pts
64-Core 1,219
75% 1,219 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.5
1-Core 159
2-Core 291
94% 175 Pts
4-Core 563
8-Core 892
90% 727 Pts
64-Core 1,093
68% 1,093 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 55,582,225 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in Mar '21
AmazonUS $1806 hrs
EbayUS $2141 min
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Motherboard: MSI Z590-A PRO (MS-7D09) - $130

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 Comments

11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

Added 18 months ago.

Poor

30 days ago.

beast side by side with 11700 and 12600 more cheap and worth it with the rx 6600 xt radeon powercolor DEVIL red. I LOVE IT.


Excellent

4 months ago.

Bought this cpu for my first upgrade as on my i7 2600 i was getting barely 100fps and it was not very stable at all constant frame drops then i got this and i started getting 300fps and it was not dropping at all and it is also very good for the price


Good

10 months ago.

Somewhat recommended for Windows 11


Good

3 months ago.

Except for the 12th Gen CPUs, this CPU can run all of my games at ULTRA with practically any load, like my load is 20 to 45 percent when gaming and my temperatures are around 50 or 55 degrees celsius. It is quick and can do everything flawlessly.


Excellent

4 months ago.

Really a fast CPU for gaming and all sorts


Good

18 months ago.


Good

12 months ago.

good cpu on budget


Excellent

5 months ago.

The processor is excellent, the best value for money for me in my position. I live in Ukraine and now (04/10/2022) we have a war. Therefore, money is a problem, not to mention the state of affairs in general. But even under such conditions, I highly recommend this processor.


Excellent

17 months ago.

best budget cpu ever


Excellent

18 months ago.

It's just awesome


Excellent

4 months ago.

Great performance for mid tier and limited budget. Easily reaches 5ghz all cores with great stability but needs good cooling with that. In 1440p there is not been any issues


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